The American Medical Group Association has launched a new quality initiative it hopes will lead to an entirely new way for medical groups to be compensated, including incentive programs linking a "significant" portion of pay to quality measures.
Officials said the current system is based on "a wrongful philosophy" of pay for services rendered without regard to quality of care.
The initiative, announced today at the association's annual meeting in Los Angeles, will be guided by a steering committee of about a dozen leading experts, including Carolyn Clancy, M.D., director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
A record crowd of about 1,100 is expected to gather for the AMGA's four-day conference. The not-for-profit trade association represents most of the nation's larger medical groups, about 260 in all, with about 70,000 physicians. Its physician membership has grown by about 5,000 in 2004 and increased by about 13% during the past three years.